Southeast athletes shine at international football competition

It might be the middle of the offseason for football in southeast Saskatchewan, but that didn’t stop several local athletes from having a great showing at the Pigskin Classic competition in San Antonio from Feb. 23-25.

Numerous local athletes were part of the Sask. Selects football team that competed in the tournament.

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Preston Sibley, Tristan Tober and Dorian Sifton of Oxbow, and Kobe Wotta from Arcola were part of the under-10 (U10) team that won the championship in their division. They defeated the Manitoba Selects 39-8 in a showdown of Prairie province teams in the championship game.

The Selects had a perfect 3-0 record during the tournament, and outscored their opponents 95-14. They opened with a 40-0 rout over the North Oak Cliff Eagles, and then beat the Lubbock Seminoles 16-6 in the semifinal round.

Chayton Fornwald and Tyson Louge, who play in Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football, were on the U14 team that lost 16-0 to Mexico’s Chihuahua Broncos in the bronze medal game.

They opened with a 9-0 victory over Score Mexico, and then lost to the South Texas Xtreme 46-6 in their second game.

Finally, Hunter Eagles, James Knibbs, Parker Lavoie, Kolby Janssen and Brennen Stubel  from the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football program were on the varsity team that reached the championship final for the second straight year. The varsity division is for high school athletes. 

The Selects were defeated 26-6 by the host Alamo City Red Raiders in the final, which was played under the lights and wrapped up three days of football.

The varsity Selects opened the tournament with a 14-6 win over the California MB Elite, and then defeated Mexico 22-5 in the second game.

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